CNN

Hundreds dead in China quake, Xinhua reports

投稿日:

By the CNN Wire Staff
April 14, 2010 — Updated 0552 GMT (1352 HKT)

(CNN) — A rapid series of strong earthquakes hit a mountainous and impoverished area of China’s Qinghai province early Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

About 300 people were killed, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported, adding that another 8,000 have been injured.

Many others, including primary schoolchildren, were feared buried under debris after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck at 7:49 a.m. local time (7:49 p.m. ET Tuesday), when many people were probably still at home and schools were beginning the day.

The USGS also recorded three strong aftershocks — of magnitudes 5.8, 5.2 and 5.3 — all within two hours of the first quake.

“We have to mainly rely on our hands to clear away the debris as we have no large excavating machines,” police officer Shi Huajie told Xinhua. “We have no medical equipment, either.”

A Chinese military official told Xinhua that the death toll was expected to rise, given the damage to homes.

He said dispatched soldiers were setting up tents and transporting oxygen for the injured but affected roads leading to the airport could hamper relief efforts.

The Ministry of Civil Affairs plans to distribute 5,000 tents, 50,000 coats and 50,000 quilts to the earthquake zone, Xinhua said.

The epicenter was located in remote and rugged terrain, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northwest of Qamdo, Tibet. Qinghai borders the autonomous regions of Tibet and Xingjiang and the provinces of Gansu and Sichuan.

Xinhua said the quake hit the prefecture of Yushu, a Tibetan region of Qinghai with about 80,000 people.

More than 85 percent of the houses in the county seat of Jiegu, had collapsed, a prefecture official told Xinhua.

“Many are buried in the collapsed houses, and there are still lots of others who are injured and being treated at local hospitals,” he said.

Xinua said residents near the epicenter also reported casualties and collapsed buildings.

Karsum Nyima, deputy director of news at local Yushu TV, told Xinhua that most of the houses in the area were made of wood with earthen walls. He said some had come tumbling down, including a Buddhist pagoda in a park.

In 2008, 70,000 people died when a 7.9 earthquake rocked neighboring Sichuan province, northwest of its capital, Chengdu.

◆中国西部・青海省でマグニチュード6.9の地震◆

(CNN) 米地質調査所(USGS)によると、中国西部の青海省で14日午前7時49分(日本時間同8時49分)、マグニチュード(M)6.9の地震が発生した。震源地は、チベット自治区の昌都(チャムド)の北西約240キロ。本震後30分以内にM5.2とM5.3の余震が観測された。

青海省は西が新疆ウイグル、チベット両自治区、東が甘粛、四川両省とそれぞれ隣接している。

新華社電は震源地付近の住民らの話として、死傷者や建物損壊の被害があったと伝えているが、詳細は明らかになっていない。

◇昨年暮れから今年にかけて世界中で異常気象が続いている。

気象庁気候情報課の発表によると、「偏西風の蛇行には北極振動とエルニーニョ現象の両方が影響していますが、どちらが原因でどちらが結果なのかまだ不明です」ということだが、この異常気象の背景には、オゾン層の破壊による地球の温暖化など複雑な要因が絡んでいるようだ。

それにしても、世界経済の先行きの不透明さに加えて、地球の終末を思わせるような異常気象が各地で起こっている。世界各地で起こっている大地震は何を意味しているのだろう?私たち一人ひとりが地球の環境について考えてみる必要がありそうだ。

Sponsored Links




Sponsored Links




-CNN
-,

執筆者:


comment

関連記事

no image

In digital world, we trade privacy for convenience

今日のCNN.comからトップニュースを拾ってみました。 デジタル革命の進展で情報化社会が進む一方、個人のプライバシーとの関連性が問題になっていますね。ネット上に溢れる誹謗や中傷の個人情報はどのように …

Obama lectures Kenyan president on gay rights

旭川時事英語研究会の宮口です。 皆さん、お元気でしたか?暑い毎日が続いていますね。 それでは、今日も頑張ってLet’s start English! By Kristen Holmes a …

Jailed Uyghur scholar insists innocence after hunger strike

旭川時事英語研究会の宮口です。皆さん、お元気ですか? 個人的なことですが、健診で色々と悪い所が見つかりました。なんと悪玉コレステロールが異常に多いそうです。逆流性食道炎とピロリ菌を除去する薬も飲まなけ …

no image

Police question man in Virginia girl’s abduction, death of her mom

北海道の旭川にも昨日、本格的な雪が降り、いよいよ冬の本番といったところです。 12月13日の勉強会のtextです。皆さん、今日も宜しくお願いします。 By the CNN Wire Staff Dec …

no image

Internet is easy prey for governments

By Douglas Rushkoff, Special to CNN February 5, 2011 — Updated 1811 GMT (0211 HKT) Editor&#821 …

Sponsored Links

Sponsored Links



search